The Cartoon Kitchen: Clam, Shrimp, Ham Soup

The Cartoon Kitchen: Clam, Shrimp, Ham Soup

This week's Cartoon Kitchen features Serious Eats' cartoonist in residence Larry Gonick's spin on a quick seafood soup. —Ed Levine


  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Olive oil
  • 2 canned tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped ham or linguiça sausage
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans minced clams (and their juice)
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 3 to 4 cups water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 8 to 12 raw shrimp


  1. 1.

    Sauté the onions and garlic cloves in olive oil. Add the 2 canned tomatoes, the ham, and the parsley and bay leaf. Simmer 5 minutes.

  2. 2.

    Combine with the juice from the cans of clam, the white wine, a pinch of saffron, 3 to 4 cups water, and the lemon juice. Simmer 15 minutes.

  3. 3.

    Add the cooked rice, 8 to 12 raw shrimp, and the clam meat. Serve when shrimp turn pink.

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